Russia’s dominance in the war against the Islamic State group in Syria has angered many people in Washington, especially retired Army General Jack Keane. Recently, Keane testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee to make all Americans aware of what is really happening in the Middle East.
Here’s what he told the committee about Russia’s strikes against CIA-backed rebel forces in Syria and bombing of Islamic State group infrastructure:
“Putin has begun a proxy war with the United States. How can the United States stand by and do nothing?
“If we continue to wring our hands and continue to be dominated by fear as opposed to instilling fear, then Russian aggression will not just advance in the Middle East – it will with certainty escalate in the Baltics and Eastern Europe.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategic maneuvering in the region, along with his mission to back up his ally – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – is cause for concern for the future and for the United States’ reputation, at least while under Obama’s leadership.
Until we have a strong leader in the White House who won’t hesitate to make tough decisions with regards to foreign policy, dominant leaders like Putin will continue to push the boundaries until a situation could blow up in our faces – or Obama gets a backbone (which may not happen between now and the end of his term).
Do you agree with General Keane that Putin has started a proxy war with the United States and Russia’s influence could spread across the Middle East?